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The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

This Day in Pop Culture for September 25

"Halloween" was released in theaters on October 25, 1978.

‘Halloween’ Spooks Moviegoers

It was on this day in 1978 when John Carpenter unleashed his evil world of Halloween to the movie masses. The low budget film about a serial killer who attacks on the holiday was co-written by Carpenter in ten days with the help of Debra Hill. It starred Jamie Lee Curtis (daughter of Psycho’s Janet Leigh) in her first movie role and Donald Pleasence. Her role as teenager and babysitter Laurie Strode earned her the nickname of “Scream Queen.” Produced on a budget of $300,000, the film grossed $47 million at the box office in the U.S. alone. Carpenter also wrote the movie’s score and billed himself as the “Bowling Green Philharmonic Orchestra” during the ending credits. To date, there have been nine other Halloween-related movies including reboots. On February 9, 2017, Carpenter announced that yet another Halloween movie would be released on October 19, 2018 and would once again star Jamie Lee Curtis despite the fact that her character died during the beginning of 2002’s Halloween Resurrection.


Susan Smith had reported that her children were taken by a carjacking on October 25, 1994.

Susan Smith Reports a False Carjacking to Cover Her Murder

Susan Smith reported that her two children were taken from her when her car was carjacked on this day in 1994 in South Carolina. Authorities searched, but could not find the children or even the car. Nine days later, Smith recanted her story stating that there was no carjacking and that it was she who drove her car into the John D. Long Lake in hopes of drowning her children. The story gets worse. Smith was having an affair with a man who didn’t want children and she felt that by eliminating them was the way to keep her relationship.


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